I’m Unhauling Books!

I’ve finally had a sort out of all my old books and I’m getting rid of so many! Admittedly, a load of them are children’s books I should’ve parted with a long time ago, but never mind. Most of them are up for sale on my depop now, but if you don’t have an account on there and see something you’re interested in, just let me know either on twitter (@nats_cotterill) or in the comments on here. I’m just going to get listing as there are a lot!

  • Landline – Rainbow Rowell
  • Lobsters – Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  • Maybe One Day – Melissa Kantor
  • Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan
  • Everyday – David Levithan
  • All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
  • Matched – Allie Condie
  • Gone – Michael Grant
  • The Vampire Diaries books 1-5 – L. J. Smith (three books in total as two include two books!)
  • The Black Book of Secrets – F. E. Higgins
  • Girl, Missing – Sophie McKenzie
  • The ‘All About Eve’ trilogy – Sophie McKenzie
  • I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend – Cora Harrison
  • Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between – Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith
  • Uglies – Scott Westerfeld
  • Pretties – Scott Westerfeld
  • Splendour – Anna Godbersen
  • Small Steps – Louis Sachar
  • Kisses for Lula – Samantha Mackintosh
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J. K. Rowling
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles – Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black (five books!)
  • Noughts and Crosses series – Malorie Blackman (four books!)
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
  • Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • The Vampire Academy series – Richelle Mead (six books!)
  • Tender – Eve Ainsworth
  • Midnight Sun – Trish Cook
  • If I Stay – Gayle Foreman
  • Stargazing for Beginners – Jenny McLachlan
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
  • Sir Thomas More – Multiple authors
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
  • The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
  • The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  • On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
  • Notes on a Scandal – Zoë Heller
  • Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • The Graduate – Charles Webb
  • Books 1-4 of the Gallagher Girls series – All Carter
  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  • Awful Auntie – David Walliams
  • Ingo – Helen Dunmore
  • Remember Me volumes 1&2 – Christopher Pick
  • Chain Letter – Christopher Pike
  • Withering Tights – Louise Rennison
  • Infinite Sky – Rebecca Maizel
  • Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden
  • The Sealed Letter – Emma Donoghue
  • L’Auberge – Julia Stagg
  • Confessions of an English Opium Eater – Thomas De Quincey
  • Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
  • Some Tame Gazelle – Barbara Pym
  • The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Paul Torday
  • The Lady Grace Mysteries Assassin – Grace Cavendish
  • The Go-Between – L. P. Hartley
  • Blitzcat – Robert Westall
  • Hitler’s Canary – Sandi Toksvig
  • Hitler’s Daughter – Jackie French
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr
  • The Revenger’s Tragedy – Thomas Middleton
  • The Wife of Bath study guide
  • Hamlet study guide
  • The Storyteller – Jodi Picolut
  • Ally’s World series – Karen McCombie (13 books!)
  • Stella etc series books 3-7 – Karen McCombie
  • The Fix – Sophie McKenzie
  • Sadie Rocks! books 1 and 2 – Karen McCombie
  • Truth Dare Kiss Promise series – Cathy Hopkins (8 books!)

There are, I believe, 115 books in total. I may have miscounted. But, needless to say, I now have a lot of free space!!

 

 

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I Want to Read 10 Books in a Week?!

I’m challenging myself here, and I’ve already started this challenge, as of this morning. I really want to try and make a dent in my huge TBR, and so I’m prioritising some of the shorter books that I have and also really want to get to.

I’ll have to average around one and a half books a day, which is very ambitious for me. But if I do pull it off, I may be on track again with my Goodreads goal, which is a bonus. Here is my TBR for this challenge I have set for myself:

  • Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
  • What Girls Are Made of – Elana K. Arnold
  • Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley
  • The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • Dreamology – Lucy Keating
  • Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu
  • Soundless – Richelle Mead
  • Hope Is Our Only Wing – Rutendo Tavengerwei
  • The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson

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If I’m not feeling one of these and I want to swap it out for something else, I probably will! I’ll update you when I’ve spent the week reading and let you know how I do!

 

YALC Haul 2018

Last weekend I went to YALC with my best friend, and I bought far, far too many books. I had an absolutely wonderful time, however, and I have no regrets as I’m so excited to read all of the ones that I picked up. I managed to meet a load of my favourite authors, pick up new releases I was am excited about, and just all in all have a great time.

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Books I took with me and got signed:

I took a fair few with me for signings, and I actually managed to get most of them signed! There were a couple I didn’t, but I did well overall I think.

  • Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard
  • Clean – Juno Dawson
  • Big Bones – Laura Dockrill
  • In Your Light – Annalie Grainger
  • Half Bad, Half Wild, Half Lost, and The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  • White Rabbit Red Wolf – Tom Pollock
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
  • The Summer of Us – Cecelia Vinesse
  • In Paris With You – Clementine Beauvais
  • Floored – Various Authors
  • It Only Happens in the Movies – Holly Bourne
  • Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Skylarks – Karen Gregory
  • Editing Emma – Chloe Seager
  • A Sky Painted Gold – Laura Wood

Books that I purchased there and got signed:

  • The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting – Holly Bourne
  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? – Holly Bourne
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Katherine Webber

Other books I purchased there:

  • Moon Chosen – P.C. Cast
  • The Love That Split the World – Emily Henry
  • The Sacred Lives of Minnow Bly – Stephanie Oakes
  • Edgewater – Courtney Sheinmel
  • Bookish Boyfriends – Tiffany Schmidt
  • Gabriel and the Swallows – Esther Dalseno
  • Final Draft – Riley Redgate
  • Sweet Black Waves – Kristina Pérez
  • Valley Girls – Sarah Nicole Lemon
  • A Taxonomy of Love – Rachael Allen
  • Hello Me, It’s You – Various authors
  • Hope is Our Only Wing – Rutendo Tavengerwei
  • The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton
  • All Those Beautiful Strangers – Elizabeth Klehfoth
  • Grace and Fury – Tracy Banghart

ARCs I picked up:

  • Devoted – Jennifer Mathieu
  • The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik – David Arnold
  • The History of Jane Doe – Michael Belanger
  • Lives You Never Told Me – Jennifer Donaldson
  • Sadie – Courtney Summers

I was doing so well with restricting myself on the Friday and Saturday, but I definitely went overboard (what a surprise) on the Sunday. Sunday afternoon means amazing offers that are too good to pass up, and I bought five in the few minutes in between my best friend leaving and me having to go too. Oops.

I had such a great time though, and I have no regrets (my shoulders disagree but hey ho). I’m utterly exhausted now, as it’s a very intense weekend and we were constantly on the go, but it was so, so worth it.

Books I’m Not Interested In Reading

I am struggling to find inspiration for posts at this moment, for a whole number of reasons, but I was scrolling through youtube earlier and saw multiple videos along these lines… I thought it’d be fun to do my own. If you love these books, I apologise! You are more than welcome to love them and rave about them to me, I just personally have no interest in reading them myself.

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Anything by Richard Yates

I loathed Revolutionary Road – I only finished it because I had to for school. It was horrific in so many ways I just can’t make myself read anything else by the same author.

How To Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran

This is one of the few books that I have consciously DNF’d. It wasn’t for me.

Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Controversial, I know. I’m not really interested in science fiction generally anyway, and I was reading a little bit Sasha had shared on her Instagram story (I think), and the writing is just… not great.

Anything by Stephen King

I’m scared of my own shadow and so would have no hope with Stephen King.

A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

I’m not really a fan of high fantasy, and these books are massive.

The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, but the bad aspects definitely outweigh the good.

The Divergent Series – Veronica Roth

It’s been out such a long time now, and I’ve never particularly wanted to read it.

If you love these books / authors, honestly that’s great! I’m not going to blab on about disclaimers etc. I’d like to think everyone can have their different opinions and share them in a nice manner. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my list!

 

What I Am Currently Reading

I have so many books on the go at the moment, especially on Goodreads, far too many… I like having multiple books on the go, but it is getting a tad ridiculous now! My aim is to shorten the list this year… we hope!

These are the books I currently have on the go:

  • There But For The – Ali Smith
  • Hawthorn and Child – Keith Ridgway
  • Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare
  • Richard II – William Shakespeare
  • Evening Primrose – Kopano Matlwa
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Sunshine – Melissa Lee-Houghton
  • American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

Believe it or not, there are more listed as ‘currently reading’ on Goodreads, but I’m not really. I haven’t picked them up in ages and I don’t really intend to. I mean, some of those in the above list I haven’t picked up in a while and won’t for a while yet (my copy of The Divine Comedy is at home so I definitely won’t read any until Easter at the earliest) but I have good intentions. I’m sure there are other too that I have started and not added to Goodreads, and hence forgotten I have started!

What are you currently reading? Do you prefer to read one book at a time or have more than one (maybe not as many as me because my list is a bit too long to be honest!)?

My Favourite Social Media Platforms

I love social media and spend way too much time on it! I feel like the bookish community is so contradictory sometimes though, pushing positivity and at the same time being negative and pulling others down.

I love reading negative reviews waaaaaay too much, even for books I love, and I definitely don’t mean ‘negativity’ in the form of reviews – more shaming other people for one reason or another. But enough of that, I just wanted to clear up what I meant. I actually want to talk about why I love social media so much.

Pretty pictures

Instagram is one of my favourite platforms; I can scroll through pretty photos, like them easily, and not have to read the captions or comments. It’s actually a fairly positive place too, from my experience. There are some incredible photographers with accounts on there, and I love to find new recommendations from them. I’m a sucker for the stories, and will happily sit watching through them all. I know some people aren’t so keen, but I definitely am!

New connections

Twitter is my most used platform, probably. I spend far too much time on it, especially when I should be doing something productive. The only downside is that I see a lot of arguing on there – usually political – and whilst I really don’t want to read it in certain moments, I don’t like to silence certain terms because I may be able to learn from someone tweeting about an issue. Those arguments usually come through people I have randomly followed though – not the bookish community! I see a lot of love on Twitter, and people supporting one another, and I genuinely love that. I love the random bookish conversations with people every once in a while.

Reviews and recommendations

Goodreads is such a wonderful site. I love having somewhere to keep track of my reading and I use it as a bible now when book shopping, looking at the average rating if I’m unsure about a book, and often reading some of the reviews. I’m also super nosy, and enjoy seeing what other people are reading. Plus the reading challenge is a bit of motivation! Even if I’m already behind…

What are your favourite platforms? And your accounts? Or maybe you don’t like these ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts!📚

Things That Are Different This Semester

I’m barely two weeks into this semester and for some reason, I’m finding it a lot harder than the last. I thought I’d make a list of some things that are different this time around, both good and bad, to think about it. I desperately wanted to come to uni and wouldn’t change it for anything, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a walk in the park.

  1. I’m desperately homesick. I’ve never been as homesick before, yes, I’ve missed my dogs and family but now I want to be with them all the time.
  2. I have grades now that count towards my degree (they’re good, but that doesn’t mean I’m entirely happy with them, as I worked so hard for them and completely burned myself out).
  3. I’ve realised how beneficial exercise is. Even half an hour walking offers me a reprieve and a time when I don’t think about anything at all except walking (unless I’m listening to an audiobook). Same for the gym.
  4. I have to actually make life decisions.
  5. I need to plan work experience.
  6. I’m going to write more poetry!
  7. I’m struggling to get motivated, maybe because of the grades, maybe the homesickness, I’m not sure. Last semester I was well ahead of the game for quite a few weeks.
  8. I’m trying to read books for myself and not just for uni.

Do you find that every semester brings new changes and challenges? Each time, something has changed, good and bad. I enjoy the change, most of the time, and I’ll get myself together eventually and enjoy this semester no doubt. Especially writing poetry; I haven’t written much for a while now, and I can’t wait to be writing it again!

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Throwback to summer with this picture. I miss these two SO much (but that hasn’t changed a bit).